Anchorage mayor and shipping officials say supply chain is resilient, so stop hoarding

Anchorage mayor and shipping officials say supply chain is resilient, so stop hoarding

By KTUU News 

Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz and officials from shipping companies gathered at the Port of Alaska to deliver a reassuring message to an anxious public: Alaska’s supply chain is resilient and so far is continuing uninterrupted.

“Those goods are going to continue to arrive,” Berkowitz said, surrounded by representatives from the Port of Alaska, Matson, Tote, Marathon Petroleum, Saltchuk, and Port union workers. “I will point out, in those 600 containers are containers include the toilet Continue reading

Frontiers: Shipments continue arriving in Alaska market despite COVID-19

Frontiers: Shipments continue arriving in Alaska market despite COVID-19

KTVA News
By: Joe Vigil

As Alaskans continue to see empty grocery store shelves for some items in some stores, KTVA recently asked some major Alaska shipping companies if there are any supply chain issues right now due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“The supply chain is healthy. It is working. The goods are coming to market,” said Matson Alaska Senior Vice President Bal Dreyfus.

Some shippers and Port of Alaska officials say what people are seeing at grocery stores Continue reading

Stop hoarding: Anchorage mayor, shipping companies assure Alaskans the supply chain is intact

Stop hoarding: Anchorage mayor, shipping companies assure Alaskans the supply chain is intact

Anchorage Daily News
Author: Aubrey Wieber

On Sunday morning, Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz stood on a third-story deck overlooking the Port of Alaska, where workers were unloading 1,200 shipping containers of goods.

In two days, another 1,200 will arrive on Anchorage’s shore.

Berkowitz was intentionally addressing news media with a busy port as the backdrop. He wants to dispel rumors that the coronavirus has disrupted the supply chain, which has prompted residents to make a run on grocery stores, Continue reading

Anchorage mayor urges panic-shoppers to ‘stay chill’ – goods are flowing into the state without problems, shippers say

Anchorage mayor urges panic-shoppers to ‘stay chill’ – goods are flowing into the state without problems, shippers say

By Mayowa Aina, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

Flanked by representatives of various levels in the supply chain at the Port of Alaska on Sunday, Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz said there’s no need to worry about any potential breakdown in the supply chain that puts products on shelves of Alaska’s stores.

“The ships are arriving today, they will arrive later in the week. They will do it again next week, twice, and they will continue to do that,” Berkowitz said. Continue reading

Anchorage Daily News
Author: Matt Tunseth

The late comedian Bob Hope was well known for visiting military bases around the world and his namesake ship is currently making a call on Anchorage.

The USNS Bob Hope, a vehicle cargo ship operated by the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command, recently arrived at the Port of Alaska in Anchorage to redeploy equipment and supplies to bases in Alaska. According to port records, the ship moored at around 5 Continue reading

Alaska maritime cargo companies confident coronavirus won’t disrupt shipments

Alaska maritime cargo companies confident coronavirus won’t disrupt shipments

KTUU News
By Derek Minemyer

Two of Alaska’s major maritime cargo companies, Matson Inc and TOTE Maritime say they are confident the coronavirus will not disrupt shipments.

This should come as relief both for Alaskans who have been stockpiling supplies and for those frustrated over finding empty shelves at grocery stores.

“We’re following all federal, state, and local guidelines, and taking all necessary precautions to ensure a resilient supply chain,” TOTE Maritime Alaska General Manager Alex Hofeling said.

These Continue reading

Court hears MARAD case to dismiss port lawsuit

Court hears MARAD case to dismiss port lawsuit

By:  Elwood Brehmer
Alaska Journal of Commerce

After nearly six years in court, a lawsuit against the federal government worth hundreds of millions of dollars to Anchorage currently hinges on whether or not a commonly invoked working pact can constitute a binding agreement.

Attorneys for the Municipality of Anchorage and the U.S. Maritime Administration spent Feb. 18-19 in a San Francisco courtroom sparring over the enforceability of a memorandum of understanding officials for the city government and federal agency Continue reading

U.S. Lacks Ice Hardened Ships, Repair and Refueling Ports for Arctic Ops

John M. Doyle, Seapower Correspondent

Unlike the South China Sea and other contested areas, the U.S. Navy does not have the capability to conduct freedom-of-the-seas operations in the icebound waters of the Arctic, a key Pentagon official conceded.

With only one heavy and one medium icebreaker and no Navy ships with hulls hardened against ice, “We do have limitations in the Arctic right now,” James H. Anderson, assistant secretary of defense for  strategy, plans and capabilities, told a readiness Continue reading

Maritime Administration announces more than $280 million in grants for US ports

Maritime Administration announces more than $280 million in grants for US ports

American Journal of Transportation

New grants will provide critical infrastructure support

Washington, DC – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Maritime Administration (MARAD) today announced that it has awarded more than $280 million in discretionary grant funding through the new Port Infrastructure Development Program. This funding is designed to improve port facilities at or near coastal seaports.

“Ports are gateways to the world and port infrastructure investments will improve the regional economy, increase productivity and economic competitiveness, and create more Continue reading

Feds give Anchorage $20 million for Port of Alaska

Feds give Anchorage $20 million for Port of Alaska

Anchorage Daily News
Author: Aubrey Wieber

The city of Anchorage landed a $20 million grant to further cut into the cost of rebuilding the Port of Alaska’s cement and petroleum terminal.

The grant, given by the U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration, was announced Tuesday. Port spokesman Jim Jager said Alaska’s congressional delegation helped in securing the grant.

In-water construction of the new terminal will start this spring and finish in fall 2021. It’s expected to cost a little more Continue reading